Associate General Counsel at American Airlines
Appointed to her current position in February 2014, Kate Hayashi is responsible for overseeing the company’s commercial contract and transactional work. From August 2003 until February 2014 Kate served as the Vice President and General Counsel of American Eagle Airlines, Inc. (now Envoy Air).
Prior to joining American Airlines as Associate General Counsel in June 2001, Hayashi served as Senior Vice President, Human Resources and General Counsel at Trans World Airlines, Inc. in St. Louis. She was instrumental in implementing the asset sale of TWA to American Airlines by negotiating the asset purchase agreement and managing the bankruptcy process.
Hayashi began her career in the airline industry in 1992 as a Senior Attorney with TWA. She was later promoted to Corporate Secretary and in 1994 became Vice President responsible for legal affairs in such areas as finance, securities, labor relations and benefits as well as corporate governance, prior to her appointment as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for TWA in 1998.
In addition to her extensive experience in the airline industry, Hayashi spent three years at Clapp & Eisenberg, a general practice law firm in New Jersey. She also served as a judicial clerk for the Superior Court of New Jersey.
Formerly from Park Ridge, New Jersey, Hayashi earned her J.D. from Rutgers Law School and has a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H.